WSL2 continues to be one of my top features I want to explore and learn more about in the entire Windows 10 offering. What Microsoft is doing with WSL is fascinating and the endless possibility of having Linux and Windows in such deep marriage is beyond my wildest dream.
In today’s guide, we will use Window’s native RDP client to remote connect into your local WSL2 Ubuntu on the same machine. (when is the last time you RDP into localhost? … and the destination is also running in Linux, not Windows) This never happened to me until just recently. Below is a sneak peek of the end result. Let’s get started.
We assume by now you already have WSL2 running and have at least Ubuntu installed. You can follow this guide to upgrade your Ubuntu to the latest 20.04 LTS distro if you haven’t already done so.
First the standard
sudo apt update && sudo apt -y upgrade
Next we are going to install a GUI distro to Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install -y kubuntu-desktop
Half way through the installation you will be prompt for this configurating sddm, select
Install and configure XDRP, and change the RDP port to 3390
# install xrdp sudo apt-get install xrdp sudo cp /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini.bak sudo sed -i 's/3389/3390/g' /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini sudo sed -i 's/max_bpp=32/#max_bpp=32nmax_bpp=128/g' /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini sudo sed -i 's/xserverbpp=24/#xserverbpp=24nxserverbpp=128/g' /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini
Lastly, enable Dbus
#enable dbus sudo systemctl enable dbus sudo /etc/init.d/dbus start sudo /etc/init.d/xrdp start # check xrdp status sudo /etc/init.d/xrdp status
You should see something like this below.
Now launch your Windows Remote Desktop Connection, or
mstsc from the Windows Start menu.
localhost:3390 and connect. You will be prompt by this screen keep the session as xorg, and enter your WSL2 username and password.
That’s it, you are now connected to your WSL2 Ubuntu with a GUI over Windows’ native RDP client. How crazy is this?!
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